STAGE 1 (Years 1&2) TERM 3 NEWSLETTER, 2019

Welcome to TERM 3!

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break! This newsletter outlines the Stage 1 learning priorities for this term. It also provides practical strategies that parents can use to support their children at home.

Conceptual learning

This term, students will continue to learn through concept-based instruction across the Key Learning Areas. The Big Question being explored across the school this term is, 'How Do We Know?' Below is an outline of the content Stage 1 will be examining this term.

Term 3 Conceptual Wheel

what's on - term 3, 2019

  • Tuesday 13 August: K-2 Author Visit
  • Monday 19 August: Stage 1 Parent Workshop (8-9am)
  • Thursday 29 August: K-2 Athletics Carnival
  • Friday 30 August: Father's Day Family Breakfast
  • Thursday 12 September: Spring Soiree
  • Monday 16 September- Friday 20 September: Student Led Conferences
  • Friday 27 September: Last day of Term 3


Students in Stage 1 will participate in both PDHPE lessons and grade sport. Please ensure your child wears their sport uniform on the following days:

  • Emerald: Monday (PDHPE & Year 1 Sport)
  • Forest: Monday (Year 1 Sport) & Thursday (PDHPE)
  • Jungle: Monday (PDHPE & Year 1 Sport)
  • Jade: Monday (Year 1 Sport) & Wednesday (PDHPE)
  • Sapphire: Monday (PDHPE) & Tuesday (Sport)
  • Ocean: Thursday (PDHPE) & Tuesday (Sport)
  • Denim: Wednesday (PDHPE) & Thursday (Sport)


Stage 1 students will require their library bags on the following days:

  • Emerald: Monday
  • Forest: Wednesday
  • Jade 15- Thursday, Jade 16- Tuesday
  • Jungle: Thursday
  • Sapphire: Tuesday
  • Ocean: Monday
  • Denim: Tuesday



This term, students in Stage 1 will explore the concepts 'Context and Representation'. Context refers to factors acting upon composers and responders that impinge on meaning. Representation is the depiction of a thing, person or idea in written, visual, performed or spoken language.

Stage 1 students will understand that texts are composed in response to different situations. They will explore how texts reflect aspects of their own world and are created for specified audiences and purposes.

Students will continue to explore the Sound Waves synthetic phonics program to effectively develop their reading and writing skills. In addition, students will continue to build their sight word knowledge through the Magic 300 program. They will refine their reading and writing skills further in daily literacy groups. Please speak to your child's key teacher if you are interested in volunteering in literacy groups.


This term, students in Stage 1 will be studying informative and persuasive texts that represent Australian culture. Students will explore the different ways that authors communicate information about Australia within texts, and how persuasive language allows them to convince their audience to visit a particular place. Students will examine a variety of traditional and multi-modal texts, using this knowledge to compose their own text about a special place in Australia.

Please see the links below for information on types of texts and their features, and helpful strategies to support writing and spelling at home:

HOME reading

Home reading will continue this term. As mentioned in the Anzac Park PS Home Learning Policy, students should be reading for at least 10 minutes per night. This can include a mix of home readers and quality literature, and consist of parent reading, student reading and reading together. For helpful information on fostering a love of reading for your child, please follow the link below:

For more information on the Anzac Park PS Home Learning policy, please follow the link below:


Concept - Spatial Relationships

In Mathematics, Stage 1 students will develop their mathematical skills through the lens of 'Spatial Relationships'. In exploring spatial relationships, students examine how objects are located, sized and oriented in space in relation to a reference object. These ‘objects’ can be numbers along a number line, areas of space within a larger space, or the spread of 10 counters compared to 100 counters.

In Number and Algebra, students will explore and whole numbers and use this knowledge to investigate number patterns. In Measurement and Geometry, students will recognise the dimensional differences between two and three dimensional objects, as well as explore the relationships between length, area, volume and capacity. In Statistics and Probability, students will examine the relationships between different data displays, allowing them to firmly grasp important statistical information.

For practical strategies to support your child at home, follow the links below:


Concept - Place & Space

Through our Geography unit, Stage 1 students will explore the conceptual question 'How does space influence local places?' By examining local places, students will explore the ways that places are the combination of both environmental and human features that influence what exists and what happens.

Stage 1 students will explore places across a range of scales within Australia and Australia’s location in the world. They will develop their ability to describe connections people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, have with places, both locally and globally.

The Stage 1 Geography unit will culminate with students developing their own product to persuade their audience to visit a special place within Australia.

For activities to support your child in understanding personal, local and national scales, please follow the link below:


Concept - context & representation

This term, Stage 1 students will be exploring the elements of visual art to examine the ways artists use artworks to represent places, people and ideas, with an focus on artworks conveying Australian places and Indigenous culture.

Students will develop an understanding that there may be different representations of the same places, people and ideas across artworks. They will learn that these different representations vary across different modes and mediums.


Physical education Concept - connection

In Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, students will explore how understanding connections can influence decisions and actions. Students will learn that we live in a world of interacting systems, and actions of any individual element affect others.

Students will explore the factors that influence their decisions and actions in being healthy, safe and physically active. They will investigate the ways they can move and improve their involvement in physical activity.


The Stage 1 Parent Workshop will take place on Monday 19 August at 8-9am. This workshop aims to provide parents and carers with an understanding of the content and skills being taught this term and to equip them with practical strategies that can be used at home. If you would like to attend this workshop, please RSVP via the Google Form in the link below:

The Stage 1 team is looking forward to another fabulous term of teaching and learning!

Should you have any further questions, please contact your child's key teacher or the Stage 1 Assistant Principal: Cassie Hide (cassie.hide2@det.nsw.edu.au)

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